The Rosh Hashanah Shofar and Conservatism [Part Two]
This is a continuation of the previous blog about the shofar instrument/symbol and how it can apply to the current conservative atmosphere in which we live.
6. The Sacrifice
The shofar , made of a ram’s horn, reminds us of the binding of Isaac and the ram G‑d provided as a sacrifice in his place. By blowing the shofar , we remember the faith of the Patriarchs and our own capacity for self-sacrifice.
Being a conservative in today’s environment can be rather dangerous. But it is that very sacrifice we must take in order to do what is right (pun slightly intended).
Let us remember the sacrifices made by famous conservatives/republicans of the past: The Suffragettes, Rosa Parks, MLK Jr., just to name a few.
Sacrifices are hard to make, but the outcome is so worth it!
7. The Awesome
The shofar fills us with awe and humility as we contemplate the true infinitude of G‑d, how He fills all space and time.
To be quite honest, although I have an application for this teaching in the conservative realm, I actually love the idea of just leaving it on its own due to how powerful it is.
8. The Introspection
The shofar will be blown on the Day of Judgment when Moshiach comes. We thus blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah to remind us to examine our deeds and contemplate how we can improve them.
The last part of that message is exactly what it’s all about!
As I have mentioned in the previous blog, repetition is huge in the Judeo-Christian faith, and humility is repeated often.
Must be important.
I’m sure we have all had those conversations with people who think differently than us and it became a shouting match. Then you go home all riled up, thinking of all the things you could’ve said that would’ve been the “gotcha” moments.
Instead of focusing on what you could say next time to “teach them a lesson”, why not focus on the approach you’re taking?
People will only truly be interested in learning about the things they care about. The best weapon is common ground. Try to befriend them, share your side of the story and honestly listen to theirs, and try to find common ground.
Approach is a key player in starting conversations properly.
9. The Celebration
The shofar blast will signal the return of the Jewish people when Moshiach comes. We blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah to remind us of G‑d’s salvation in our own lives.
Right now is a pretty great time to celebrate! Great economy, unemployment is low, tax reform is beneficial, “American Made” is a thing again, and overall we finally have a leader in charge who says whatever is on his mind without worrying about third-party money funding his words.
Kool and the Gang come to mind right now…celebrate good times, c’mon!
10. The Unity
The shofar blast when Moshiach comes will herald a time of universal understanding and recognition of G‑d’s unity. We blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah to remind us of G‑d’s unity.
One of the biggest reasons why I absolutely love the Closet on the Right movement is that it’s a movement based on a unifying principle.
About once being stuck in a closet afraid to be seen.
But now, since you have a community of like-minded individuals welcoming you with open arms, you can finally come out and enjoy the sunshine!
Even though you may disagree on certain issues within this community, just remember that unity has power. Not giving credence to mob mentality like what happens in the left. Don’t be like them!
We have unity and diversity within our community, and we should embrace that.
11. The Scream
The call of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah reminds us of the primordial scream, the eternal voiceless call of the soul expressing its desire to return to its Creator.
We all have our own distinct reasons for why we come out of the conservative closet.
We all have our own stories and backgrounds.
However, we all have one thing in common and that is the burning desire to be free with who we are! The internal scream for freedom. Trust me, once that scream comes out…it feels amazing! That scream inside has the power to build things up or tear things down.
Just ask the guys who screamed at the walls of Jericho.
Thanks for sticking around this long and reading my blogs about the shofar and how I see its rich meaning can apply to the conservative environment.
I hope you enjoyed reading about this instrument and perhaps learned something new as well.
If you celebrate Rosh Hashanah, I pray you had a great feast of honey, apples, and pomegranates. Coming up around the corner is Yom Kippur! The day of atonement.